I just got back from Front End London; the second installment of a new monthly meetup dedicated to front-end design from the crew at Made by Many. Tonights talks were from Alasdair Monk, Mairead Buchan & Jack Franklin.
Alasdair talked about designing for HD screens. He has strong opinions about Photoshop: “Photoshop Sucks!”, preferring tools like Sketch and Paintcode which are vector drawing apps that provide you with the code behind what you’ve designed. This allows you to quickly implement your designs to web. He also talked about image compression. I’m not a designer so I don’t think I can summarise this aspect of his talk well, but my notes say: “Large image, lower quality”, meaning that when dealing with images, save them as a larger size than usual with a lower image quality. This allows you to decrease the images’ file size and you can scale it with code depending on your needs without it looking like crap. You can take a look at his notes here: www.alasdairmonk.com/fel
I really hope I can grab a ticket for the next #fel as it was a fantastic evening. I’d suggest following Alasdair, Mairead and Jack as they are up to some awesome-sauce stuff.
Above: Rob Bishop, Raspberry Pi Evangelist and Engineer
Today [8/12/2012], Code Club is doing its first ever 24hr hack day. They’ve teamed up with Raspberry Pi to equip 100 developers with a Pi and a brief to make something cool that the kids at Code Club can replicate and use at school.
Code Club is a nationwide initiative aimed at teaching 9-11 year olds how to code. At the time of writing, there are 393 code clubs being run across the UK and a further 325 looking for volunteers to start a club. Code Club started 9 months ago, when Linda Sandvik and Claire Sutcliffe got together, decided that the IT curriculum in schools at present was not good enough, and sought to remedy this. The response was (and is) immense; Code Club has been featured in multiple newspapers and has the backing of people such as Prince Andrew and Tim Berners Lee.
The hack is sponsored by Nesta & Raspberry Pi and supported by the likes of Sugru, O’Reilly, Bare Conductive and more. We started hacking at 11am and have all been encouraged to get into a more childlike mindset; provided with Slush Puppies, Pick ‘n’ Mix, Giant Jenga, Play-dough and LEGO. There are many ways the hacks can win prizes but my favourite award will be the one for “best misuse of school property”.
I’ve been going around finding out what everyone is working on and my two favourites are:
Raspberry Pi Kinex Robot
The 3D Printer Raspberry Pi project
Tomorrow I’ll hopefully have some photos of the presentation ceremony and a run down of all of the projects that have been made!